Egg donation in Prague
According to Czech law, the age limit for women who can undergo these treatments is 48 years. This means that at age 49 it is no longer possible to undergo artificial insemination treatments.
Our egg donation (also known as ED) program in the Czech Republic is designed for women who, even after hormonal stimulation, cannot have their eggs harvested and as a result need eggs from a female donor.
Thanks to our large database of donors we are able to offer you the donor who best fits your needs and to schedule the synchronisation and the embryo transfer without wasting any of your precious time.
We understand how even a single month can be significant. We know that nature stops for no one, so we keep our promise of no wait time.
Normally the full treatment at our clinic requires a total of 3 appointments - consultation, insemination of the eggs with the sperm of the partner/husband (or donor) and transfer of the embryos. Otherwise, only 2 appointments are required in case we have collected and froze a sperm sample at the first visit – first consultation and embryo transfer.
Egg donation is used in women who:
- Have not become pregnant in spite of assisted fertilisation treatments.
- Cannot become pregnant due to age.
- Were born without ovaries.
- Have undergone irreversible surgery on their ovaries.
- Do not have their own eggs.
- Have undergone radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
- Are carriers of a genetic abnormality (genetic disease).
We can also hold the first consultation via Skype, during which we can explain the entire process to you.
Our donors have to make several visits to our doctors and undergo a number of tests in order to be entered into our registry, which means our selection process is very thorough. Our donors are subject to selection criteria specified under the law. All of them hold at least a diploma and have undergone certain medical examinations.
Our female donors, who are mostly students and young mothers with their own children, are between 20-34 years old. Our male donors are young men between 18 – 35 years old.
We make an effort to find donors whose physical appearances correspond to those of the recipients (blood-type, hair colour, eye colour, height, weight, skin type, etc.). The main part our work is to satisfy our patients and therefore we take their preferences into account when it comes to our donors and our goal – the birth of a healthy baby.
The waiting time for finding a compatible donor is currently around 3 months.
Donation in the Czech Republic is completely anonymous.
The cost of all of our treatments can be found on our price list.
We ask all of our patients for a recent PAP test and tests of hormone levels in the blood (FSH, LH, PRL, E2, progesterone, fT3, fT4, TSH) before the first interview, so that the results will be available for the individual consultation with one of our doctors. The tests for hormone levels need to be done between 2nd and 4th day of the cycle, so at the beginning of the period. The results cannot be more than 6 months old. The patients can send us these results via email or fax so that that the doctor can receive these results before the first interview.
An important part of the initial inquiry is studying the semen - analysing the sperm - to evaluate the quality of the spermatozoa and recommend the most effective laboratory method. Collection of the sperm can also be done at our clinic. In these cases we recommend that you abstain from sexual activity for 2-4 days beforehand. This sample is used for both the analysis and as a reserve in case of need (disease, accident, etc.).
The consultation usually lasts about one hour, and you are free to ask the doctor any questions you may have. During the consultation the doctor will go over your results, perform other analyses and tests, make diagnoses and inform the couple about the possible treatment options and about the different laboratory procedures that will follow.
Immediately after the consultation we will provide you with medications and the corresponding instructions if you decide to go forward with the treatment.
One week before the stimulation starts, you will start using a nasal spray (Synarel) for down-regulation. You will also start the hormonal stimulation at home with estrogens (the medicaments you receive from us during your first consultation). On the 10th - 13th day of cycle, an ultrasound check of the woman`s endometrium (uterine lining) is required to measure the mucosal development. You can arrange this at your GP so an extra visit to our clinic in not required.
The videos on the link below are in English and offer tutorials for subcutaneous injection application of all stimulation drugs used by our clinic.
You can watch all the videos here.
In case of any further question, please use our contact form.
Once the follicles of the donor are sufficiently mature, the ovulation and withdrawal of the eggs (OPU - ovum pick up) is performed.
On the same day, the harvested eggs are fertilised with the sperm of the husband/partner. Fresh or frozen sperm from the previous visit to our clinic can be used for the fertilisation. Abstinence from sexual activity for 2-4 days before providing sperm is recommended.
ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is an artificial insemination method in which the sperm is injected directly into the egg with a fine needle. This method is used in cases of poor quality of the sperm and problems with the fertilisation.
The right spermatozoa are selected (based on their appearance and motility) and then injected into an ovum. With the help of ICSI we can fertilise more eggs. As an alternative, we use the PICSI method, in which the spermatozoa also undergo a function test.
After the fertilisation, the embryos are grown for at least 3 days (or up to 5 days - extended cultivation).
If the embryos have reached an adequate level of development, they are used for embryo transfer. We usually transfer two embryos. You can speak with the doctor and embryologists about the number of embryos transferred. When two embryos are transferred, the success rate increases, as do the risks for the mother and the foetuses. In an effort to eliminate these risks, we make this decision with each couple individually.
After 14 days, the pregnancy can be determined by the results of a pregnancy test (a urine test available at the chemist) or more accurately by measuring the level of hCG in the blood (a beta test).
The ISCARE clinic has its own specialised laboratory, which is a necessity for its long-term success. Thanks to the knowledge and experience of our laboratory staff/personnel and our doctors, our success rate is between 48 – 50 %.
At the same time we have been able to reduce the number of multiple pregnancies. Multiple pregnancies can be a complication of in vitro fertilization and are risky for the mother as well as the foetuses.
Over time, our success rate for artificial insemination with egg donation is increasing while at the same time we are minimising the number of multiple pregnancies.
Thanks to the use of modern laboratory methods, the success rate of the treatment has been considerably increased.